What a delight! I thoroughly enjoyed Joyce's "The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry" and eagerly awaited her next story. "Perfect" is just as readable, with similar insights into characters and narrative.
This is a life-long story of two friends growing up in a semi rural setting in England. They are school friends but their families don't really mix. They seem to be wannabes, striving to reach a station in life slightly above what they can reach. Both families are cold towards their boys and this has a drastic effect on both Byron and James.
The story is told by Jim, as an adult, with flashbacks into their growing up years. There is quite a bit of tension in the narrative as we get the feeling that something tragic occurred which has separated these two friends.
Best not to say any more, it would spoil the plot! This story is well worth reading and I really enjoyed her ability to weave a credible, poignant story.